Boone County Fiscal Court to sue Opioid Distributors

The Boone and Kenton County Fiscal Courts voted today to separately file suit against the wholesale drug distributors whose misconduct contributed to the ongoing opioid epidemic in Northern Kentucky. 

Boone and Kenton counties will file suit against the country’s three largest wholesale drug distributors – AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson Corporation.  These three companies, with combined annual revenues of $400 billion, together control more than 80 percent of the market for prescription opioids.Because prescription opioids are highly addictive, Congress enacted a system in 1970 to control the volume of opioid pills being distributed.  In exchange for being selected to be among a small group of wholesalers permitted to distribute opioids, these companies agreed to halt orders that indicated abnormal or suspicious activity.  There is evidence that the companies failed to fulfill this duty, and Boone and Kenton counties are among many communities currently paying the price for that failure